Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Cuvee Des FleursSouthampton Cuvee Des Fleurs

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Saison flavored with a blend of edible flowers including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinalis, R. canina and H. lupulus.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2004

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Photo of aubuc1
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle dated best by 6/18/14 poured in to a goblet.

Pours a big hazy golden with a thick white head filled with a steady stream of carbonation.

Smell is a complicated thing. Sweetness of candy, spiciness, a definite floral backbone.

Taste is a smooth, lightly fruity, yeasty, funk. Floral again.

Very Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good.

I was surprised by this beer. It really is excellent.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this corked and caged 750ml bottle on 11/23/09.

A - Poured a hazy, effervescent pale golden body with a frothy, bright white cap that stood a finger high, reducing to a quarter inch of retention and thick, foamy lace.

S - Very fragrant and floral with spicy notes suggesting white pepper, fresh rose petals, lavender and hybiscus. Malt character is sweet, sugary and caramely.

T - The saison qualities really shine and work in concert with the floral attributes. Initial flavor is sweet and flowery with plenty of spicy character, but minimal funk. Sourness becomes a bit more prominent in the backend, and is accompanied by a fairly earthy hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and lively carbonation, but not too bright. Finishes with a slight earthy hop bite and spicy notes on the tongue.

D - Very interesting take on an already outstanding saison. The floral qualities really work well with the saison characteristics, resulting in a very complex brew with an extremely aromatic nose.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle - poured into tulip glass:

Pours golden with a fluffy, becoming foamy, white head. Its slow descent leaves lacing.

The smell is very floral at first - like a flower garden - but, minty spicy hops and some malty sweetness come in in the background.

The taste is floral - roses and a general floral character - with a sweet maltiness balanced by a minty, perfumy dryness in the finish. The taste is almost overly floral at first, but orange, then mint come through. Some alcohol shows.

It has an effervescent, creamy, heftier side of light body.

An "interesting" brew. At first, I had mixed feelings - a bit too perfumy, floral, but then it improved/grew on me. It did slow down, and took me quite some time to finish. Mixed on drinkability, as this bottle was more than enough, with lingering floral/perfumy dryness. "Mission accomplished" when it comes to the use of flowers, with a hop backing. Different and creative. Would not have mind sharing, but able to enjoy the bottle after sipping it to the end. "Different" for sure...

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The saison is a light golden straw color, darned-near transparent. No sedimient, no haze, nothing obscures the beauty of the ale in my glass. A finger of white head, dense and compact, laced as it receded. The high levels of carbonation are noticeable to the eye.

S: The nose is complex beyond description, layered and full of floral sweetness that it is difficult to fully appreciate. On one pass, cardamom and anise stand out, on another, wildflowers and dandelions. Anise is a recurring theme at the end of each sip.

T: The excessive carbonation levels give the ale a spritzy, light taste that initially hides its complexity. As the bubbles pass, cardamom and ginger, licorice, coriander, rose water and several bouquets of freshly-cut flowers greet me. There is a touch of Belgian yeast near the end, a little funky but nothing to get fired up over. The saison has a wall of flavor that I can best describe as Spector-esque (that's Phil, not Arlen for all you PA residents). Confoundingly deep.

M: The mouthfeel is lively, crowded even with activity. The overcarbonation is welcome; it leaves an almost-clean slate behind.

D: As much as I enjoyed it, I think that drinking an entire bottle would be difficult. It is just to wild and floral; I'd suffer from palate fatigue.

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Photo of gory4d
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the old bottling with the pale label, not the new one, 7.7% ABV -- thanks to shaebs99 for the trade. Poured from the 750-ml. bottle into a S. Smith's imperial pint glass.

Hazy orange with a white, crisp, three-finger head. It leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass. The smell is what Joyce called "foul flowerwater," but more preserved than spoiled; there are some barnyard qualities, as well as some roasty caramel notes that would be at home in a bier de garde. The taste is all kinds of sweetness: mellow, pear-like sweetness at first, then flavors like the scent of peony or rose, then something like those awful lavender candies my Goth friends back in college would suck on, just miserably soapy and old-lady-ish (this flavor, though evocative, is mercifully brief), then a little of the sweet edge of tangerine juice -- and after all that, a little sharp tinge of hoppy bitterness. It's medium in body and in carbonation, a little syrupy. Rather too insipid to drink much of it. A good effort, and certainly unique, but this really is just a novelty beer.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged... opened with a nice pop

A: darker burnt orange-amber. massive white, soapy head. good retention as the head leaves sheet-like lacing down the sides of the glass before settling into a nice skim and ring.

S: pungent floral notes. i get lavender and rose with hints of spicy, peppery hops. some caramelized sweetness. perhaps some honey.

T: up front, the lavender and rose real hit hard (but simultaneously softly and delicately)... mild sweetness in the middle... lingering spicy and floral finish

M: smooth with a lively carbonated feel... nice lingering finish...

D: the floral component becomes quite powerful by the end of the bottle... while very nice, I wouldn't pick this one up too frequently... its probably just a product of me not being used to drinking flower water haha

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Photo of ATPete
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged

Picked up a bottle for a trade, figured i've never reviewed this one so here it goes...

Pours a dirty orange brown color with a large, rapid carbonation, strong and fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticking. Super floral nose, big surprise for a flower beer huh? The rose water is very apparent, some lavender, pumpkin, mild spice even more mild funk and a hint of tangerine. Sweetness right up front, caramel and candy sugar sweetness. Creamy with a bit of alcohol late on the finish. Super round, medium bodied and very drinkable for 8.2%. Worth picking up, not your average saison.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Golden brown with hints of dark orang. SOlid two finger foay cap slowly fades to a think ring. Big sheets of white lacing left behind. Not near the carbonation issues that many others have mentioned.

S - Explosive aroma with many different smells coming at you. Starts rather sweet with alot of honey and touches of floral notes. A light peppery spice is thrown in as well.

T - Very strong honey like sweetness up front. Floral hoppiness comes through with a light bitterness. Underlying spice provides a nice balance to the sweetness. Very crisp flavors.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp. Light stickiness in the finish with a taste that lingers in the mouth for a ong time. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden color that gradually moves to amber in the center of the glass. There's a thick, fluffy off0white head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

S- Soft peppery notes, lemony hints and strong floral notes. Slightly yeasty on the nose.

T- lemon and white pepper with lots of lavender and other flowery flavors. Mild peppery tones and a slight bitter aftertaste.

M- Very heavily carbonated. The cork blew off and hit the cieling.

D- Very smooth, although I think it may be a little over-rated.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Capone's in a 9oz serving.

A- Cuvee Des Fleurs came to me a bold golden color with shades of orange in it. Not much in terms of a full cap but some white foam sat a top of the liquid. No lacing.

S- A great amount of yeast plus some wheat in between a dozen flowers. Don't know what types but this smells like a garden. A teaspoon of sweetness as well with malt flavor scent in the background.

T- An interesting take on the saison style with not much farmhouse flavors. The flowers are undeniable with an electic mix and that is really the focus. Some sweetness from an addition of a honey flavor as well as some yeast to supplement the other flavors. Some fruit like orange and lemon. This is top notch stuff.

M- A touch below medium bodied with a lush and pleasent feekl on the way down. This is not obtrusive in anyway and quite refreshing. Some carbonation in this. Not a trace of alcohol in this saison.

D- All day. If this were available it would be my spring time beer. I'm not that much a fan of smelling flowers but there is room for them in my beer. This was refreshing to say the least. My favorite Southampton product.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to theduchessduborg for insisting I try this and the Southampton crew for pouring it; I had a great night at American Flatbread with all of you. Out of a caged and corked bottle this (rather expensive) offering was a cloudy, rich gold color with some amber highlights. The head was off-white, displayed rather poor retention but left decent lacing off the collar. The aroma was spectacular, one of the best I have ever been privy to. A true bouquet of blossoming flowers as if after a rainfall with elements of spice and citrus tucked in there too. The flavors were also stellar, caramel malt, toffee, lavender, chamomile, vanilla and light citrus. The combination of sweet caramel malt and flowers reminded me of a lavender crème brulee (if you haven't had one, you must do so sometime). The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation delicate. Though the look could use a touch of tinkering, the amazing aroma and depth of flavors more than made up for it. A unique and enjoyable offering unlike any other Saison I've ever had.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another brew received in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

Corked and caged 750ML bottle:

Big pop on opening but no gush of beer. I like it when that happens.

It pours a medium gold, almost looks like honey, with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks to about an inch and there's some good lacing.

The smell is all yeasty and malty and yeah, there's a smell there that I'd definitely say is flowery. Not being the type of guy that sniffs every flower that I come across, I can't identify it but hell, it smells good.

The taste has a big yeasty flavour up front followed by some nice caramel malt sweetness, light earthy notes, some fruitiness, and more sweetness with some bitterness and a touch of tartness that I can only guess at being flowers.
This is *weird* but nice. There's some warming after the swallow so maybe the flower aspect of this beer doesn't bode well for hiding the alcohol? No big deal. Small sips...I've done them before and I'll do them again, eh?

The mouthfeel borders on medium, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes slightly bitter, slightly (honey? or flowery?) sweet.

Drinkability? It's only 7.7%abv but it's definitely, for me, a real sipper. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Bottom line: A most unusual Saison that has plenty of flavours...some I'm used to, others I'm not but overall, I think it's a darned good brew.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/12/08. Bottle from the brewpub. I was very excited to try this beer and it didn't disappoint. Pours a burnt orange with no head. Aroma of lots of spices, vegetables, pumpkin pie, and lemon meringue. Flavor most strongly of pumpkin pie (canned pumpkin), some cinnamon, nutmeg, and citrus. Sweet and spicy. The flowers add interesting flavor to this beer and it was quite unlike other saisons I've had before (except for maybe some Fantomes). Definitely worth a try (and I'd like some more).
7/4/8/4/17 (4.0/5)

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Azurelimits for trading me this.

Poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Deep golden color, medium sized loosely knit cream colored head, nice blotchy lace.

Aroma of fresh and dried stone fruits and tropical fruits, sharp, tart, and complex, and plenty of honey. The flowers are surprisingly mild, but rose is distinguishable, and there is also some grass, herbs, and pepper. Very pleasant.

Flavors of complex dried fruit and honey are fairly dominant at first, then pungent grass, herbs, and flowers join in, with a good dose of bitterness. Some chalk and mild peppery spice, too. Good balance. Some initial sweetness is gradually overtaken by bitterness and minerality. Flowers and honey persist in a long bitter chalky finish. Quite tasty.

Soft fine carbonation, and some chalky grippiness. Quite drinkable and refreshing.

Tasty and interesting beer, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of waltonc
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this last month at Bierkraft at their suggestion.

A: Slightly hazy, golden orange appearance with huge white head that fizzles down to a thin layer of white suds.

S/T: They aren't kidding that this is brewed with flowers. The two most prominent smells and tastes are flowers and honey. Sorry, I'm not good with picking out specific flower smells, with the exception maybe of lavender. Smells like what I'd imagine a honey farm smells like. At first, before this warmed up, the floral component was so strong I almost felt it a bit chemically. Like the same stuff used to make perfume was used to make this beer (which, for all I know, is true). But after it warmed up a bit, things started falling into place and this became very nicely balanced.

M: Light/medium bodied with pretty significant carbonation. Very refreshing and light tasting. Would complement the spring season very well (but still works great on a cold winter day).

D: Although this is an unusual style with a strong point of view, I give this high drinkability marks. No difficult finishing a whole bottle of this very creative brew.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keg Conditioned
On Tap at Mugs Ale House, Saturday Session of their Belgium 2 Brooklyn Fest

Poured a dark gold, slightly hazy with a very thin white head. Obviously a super floral nose. Sweet, with a somewhat medicinal quality to it, some orange and spice. A little bit of funk.

The taste is a bit tart, herbal, lemon, orange marmalade.

Good medium body, pretty smooth, decent carbonation

I was a bit let down by this. Being a Saison nut and hearing so much about this one from people whose pallates I usually agree with I expected a lot more, but it was still a great beer. I have a bottle in the fridge so I'll wait a week or so and pop that and review it again.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Monks Cafe in Center City Philadelphia.

Pours a cloudy golden color with thin white head. Floral aroma (duh) with hints of malt, spice and light fruit. Very quaffable with a nice floral flavor accompaned by a nice maltiness and hints of citrus fruit.

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Photo of sleazo
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

A_Pours a very hazy amber liquid with a two finger large head. The side has some rather large bubbles clinging to it while the middle looks pillowy soft.

S_The nose is greeted by a fairly strong dose of bread yeast and floral hoppiness. This is tied together by a light earthy mineral quality.

T_Lightly toasted bread hits the palate first. This is followed by a strong floral quality which reveals the various flowers used here. The finish is fairly dry, bitter and redolent of vegetal hops. There is also a nice degree of mustiness, damp earth and calcium.

M_Medium bodied with a very aggressive carbonation, a bit stinging.

D_A very nice American Saison. The farmhouse qualities are clearly evident much moreso than most not from the home country. The flowers play a nice background note but are not overpowering.

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked, bottle.

Poured an initially clear golden color with a smaller sized white head. The pours became cloudier and cloudier towards the bottom with some big floaters. Aromas of 'Fleurs' (very floral), citrus, and spices. Tastes of spices, citrus, flowers, caramel, and just all around herbal.

Notes from 10/7/07

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, orangy amber, with a quickly fizzling quarter inch head of white.
No lacework and a placid surface remain for the duration.

Aromatics are pungently floral, spicy, and somewhat medicinal. Crushed mint, lavender, chamomile, rose water, peppermint, and white pepper. Light malt with Schezuan peppercorns, cloves, vaporub, and nutmeg follow through.

On the light side of medium bodied, and slightly crisp with a mildly carbonated mouthfeel.

Spice-forward and a bit sweet to lead off the palate. A blast of cloves, spearmint, and honey drizzled peppercorns followed by cardamon and bitter greens.

Finishes with lingering pungent spice, warming medicinal notes, and rounded sticky honey undertones.

A bit heavy on the spice now, but this one should be a great candidate for cellaring.

Another killer hook-up from RblWthACoz..Thanks!

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Photo of Biggness
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy amber with a one fingered head and limited lacing. The smell is of a floral arrangement with a mixture of sugar. It tastes as it smells, I don't know how many of you out there have had them but this tastes like the liquid version of tthose flower flavored suckers that you get @ some restaurants. This beer also has a nice malt base to it. Absolutley no skimping on ingredients on this beer. The mouthfeel is nice and the carbonation level seems correct. I could finish this bottle but I double I would go for a second, especially @ 14$ a bottle.

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Photo of tpd975
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt at Capone's for pulling this out of the back for me. I decided to share it with the local tasting group.

A: Pours a cloudy goldish orange hue with a rather wimpy head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Wow, very unique. This has a ton going on. The aroma consists of tons of light aromas making it very complex. It is slightly sweet with a vast array of spices and flowers.

T: Nice sweet and spicey. Tons of spices greet you as you taste this gem. Malt dances across the tongue and then the flowers kick in. There is a real boquet of tastes that overcome you.

M: The beer is actually sort of velvety if you beleive that. It is unique in every aspect, as you break it down.

D: Not the most drinkable beer as I think over time it would become too much. The one glass I had was sooo enjoyable though. I really took my time and savored it. One of the most enjoyable and unique brews I have had in quite sometime. This one gives a new meaning to "craft" brew.

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Photo of gford217
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of shaebs99 poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange amber that clears up as it warms. The head is small but very bubbly and dissipates fairly quickly leaving no lacing. The smell is extremely unique and extremely floral with some definite spiciness thrown in there as well. The floral aroma was more than just hops - all kind of flowery smells. The taste is a sweeter version of the aroma with honey playing a major role alongside the floral tastes. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with decent carbonation with a lingering syrupy sweetness in the finish. This is my first Southampton brew and I'm impressed with both the uniqueness and the quality of this one. Big thanks to Steve for sharing this one.

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Photo of Damian
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a One Pint, 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle at the Southampton Publick House, Southampton, NY
2008 vintage
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend Matt for treating me to this!

Poured a cloudy, dark caramel-amber color with absolutely no head. Very atypical for the style. The beer appeared to be "turned" due to improper aging conditions.

The aroma was breathtaking. Simply calling it "floral" would be a huge understatement. Jasmine, lavender, chamomile and various other wild flowers jumped from the bottle as soon as the cork was popped. These smells intensified greatly as the beer was swirled in my snifter. Sweet, citrusy notes came out as well. Amazingly smooth overall.

The taste was outstanding. Highly flavorful and floral. Quite similar to the aroma in many ways. Beyond the intense floral quality was a spicy, semi-sweet maltiness and notes of honey. The longer the beer sat, the sweeter it became. The semi-hoppy, dry-ish finish however helped keep things in check. A touch of alcohol also came out in the finish as the beer warmed. Sweet, floral notes once again appeared in the lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was syrupy and rather thick for the style with a very mild carbonation. Near the end of the glass, the beer felt completely flat. Once again, this aspect of the brew was very uncharacteristic for the style.

Although this saison lacked the crisp snappiness and the bubbly effervescence that often make this style of beer one of the most drinkable, this example more than made up for these shortcomings with its amazing aroma and flavor. Furthermore, at 7.7% ABV, this brew masked its alcohol prowess quite well.

Cuvee Des Fleurs is definitely an experimental-type beer that really pushes the boundaries. Although I would love to get my hands on another bottle of this stuff, I am glad it is not a part of Southampton's regular lineup. Frankly, there is no place one should enjoy this brew other than with friends on the front porch of the hedge-lined Southampton Publick House.

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Photo of largadeer
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy but clear amber with a fluffy off-white head that retains well, leaving rings of lace as it dissipates.

Smell: They're not fucking around here, this is one intensely floral beer. Jasmin, honey and tea leaves come to mind with a plethora of floral undertones that I can't distinguish.

Taste & mouthfeel: Honey-like sweetness meets a distinct green tea-like flavor. Tons of floral complexity, but I couldn't begin to pick out any specific flavors. This is sweeter than I was expecting, to the point of being rather cloying. I'm glad I decided to share this bottle; the complexity and richness of it easily fatigues the palate after 1 glass.

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Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs from Southampton Publick House
4.04 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
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